Three Year Old Takira Garlington Fatally Shot in Southwest Atlanta Home, No Suspects in Custody

SHOCK:  Three year old Takira Garlington was fatally shot inside her grandmother’s home in southwest Atlanta Wednesday. Officers were called to the home in the 3200 block of Cushman Circle about 3:42 p.m. after reports of shots fired, the AJC reports. Takira Garlington, who was shot in the stomach, was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Atlanta police Lt. Paul Guerrucci, commander of the homicide unit, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the four adults in the house at the time of the shooting were taken to police headquarters for questioning. The names of the adults were not released. No one had been charged as of  Thursday morning.


The gun fired once, inside the house, and no one else was injured, he said. Homicide investigators obtained a search warrant that made possible “an intrusive search of the house” and turned up the gun believed used in the incident, Guerrucci said. Whether the gun was legally owned by one of the adults in the home was unclear. Source

When will people learn that leaving loaded guns around kids is dangerous and can lead to deadly consequences? I don’t understand the fascination some people have with packing heat. Unless this was a home invasion,  this child’s death could have been avoided.

UPDATE#1:  Larenzo D. Montgomery, 18, was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in the shooting of Takira Garlington. He was denied bail by a Fulton County judge, pending a preliminary hearing in Superior Court on April 12, the AJC reports.